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By Cinda Williams Chima

Times are tough within the mountain urban of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do virtually whatever to eke out a dwelling for himself, his mom, and his sister Mari.  paradoxically, the only factor of worth he has is anything he can’t sell.  for so long as Han can keep in mind, he’s worn thick silver cuffs engraved with runes.  They’re sincerely magicked—as he grows, they develop, and he’s by no means been in a position to get them off.  

While out looking in the future, Han and his extended family pal, Dancer trap 3 younger wizards atmosphere hearth to the sacred mountain of Hanalea.   After a disagreement, Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the excessive Wizard, to ensure the boy won't use it opposed to them.  Han quickly learns that the amulet has an evil history—it as soon as belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who approximately destroyed the realm a millennium ago.  With a mystical piece that robust at stake, Han is familiar with that the Bayars will cease at not anything to get it back.  

Meanwhile, Raisa ana’Marianna, Princess inheritor of the Fells, has her personal battles to fight.  She’s simply lower back to courtroom after three years of relative freedom together with her father’s kinfolk at Demonai camp – using, searching, and dealing the well-known extended family markets.  Although Raisa becomes eligible for marriage after her 16th name-day, she isn't anticipating buying and selling in her good judgment and new talents for etiquette tutors and stuffy events.  

Raisa desires to be greater than an decoration in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the mythical warrior queen who killed the Demon King and kept the realm. however it feels like her mom has different plans for her--plans that include a suitor who is going opposed to every thing the Queendom stands for.

The Seven geographical regions will tremble whilst the lives of Han and Raisa collide in this attractive new page-turner from bestselling writer Cinda Williams Chima.

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The homes looked to be buttoned up tight, colors drawn, as though unwilling to attract awareness to themselves via leaking mild into the streets. an outstanding rain started to fall. Amon overlooked it, yet Raisa shivered, pulling her cloak extra heavily round her. “Where is all people? It’s no longer overdue. There may be humans on their means domestic. ” “Most everyone is too clever to be out during this local after dark,” Amon acknowledged, sliding her an important sideways glance. “How do humans get round, then? ” Raisa requested. “They don’t. ” Amon was once in a single of his monosyllabic moods. “What in regards to the protect? ” Raisa requested. “The safeguard can’t be everywhere,” Amon acknowledged. “And in Ragmarket, a few say the Guard’s been obtained off. ” “Bought off? ” Raisa frowned. “By whom? ” “Like I instructed you earlier than. Streetlords. ” Amon appeared distracted, interested in the streets round them. What with the rain and the inability of streetlights, it used to be darkish as a cellar. Raisa was once commencing to imagine Amon were correct: this wasn’t this sort of reliable concept. A rat skittered around the cobblestones sooner than them, and Raisa flinched backward. “Just a rat,” he stated evenly. “You get used to them. ” only a rat, she repeated to herself. in any case, there have been rats within the palace. Human and in a different way. might be worse. might be a lot, a lot worse. but if the wind slammed a shutter opposed to a construction, Amon ripped his sword unfastened in a heartbeat. whilst he’d pointed out the resource of the noise, he rolled his eyes and stowed his blade away back, yet stored his hand at the hilt. As they neared Southbridge, Raisa glanced apart, into an alleyway the place an unshuttered window splattered gentle at the rainy pavement. She observed a flicker of move, as though anyone have been jogging parallel to them a block over. Now she watched, and down the following pass road she certainly observed an individual slipping from shadow to shadow. And there! an identical factor, at the different part. Raisa’s center started to hammer. “Someone’s following us,” she hissed, gripping Amon’s arm. yet this time he appeared unconcerned. “It’s all right,” he whispered again. “We’re nearly to the bridge. Raggers won’t stick to us into Southbridge. ” “But didn’t you assert the Raggers simply killed a part dozen Southies? In Southbridge? ” she continued, suffering to recollect the group names. “Just remain close,” he murmured. Raisa was once frustrated at his muted response. “Amon Byrne! Did you listen me? We’re being undefined! There’s or 3 of them on each side people. I’m yes of it. ” Raisa groped less than her cloak and drew her belt dagger. Amon’s eyes widened. “Where did you get that? ” he requested. “At Demonai. It’s clanwork. ” “Well, placed it away. You won’t desire it. ” after which it hit her like a runaway horse cart, and he or she stopped useless on the street. “You comprehend who’s following us, don’t you? ” she acknowledged, swinging round to stand him. “Don’t you? who're they? ” “Who are who? I don’t comprehend what you’re conversing about,” he acknowledged, his gaze flicking to left and correct. “Who is it? The shield? ” He followed what he most likely took for an blameless glance, yet Amon had constantly been a hopeless liar. “Why could the shield be following us?

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